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Nawaz Sharif gives go-ahead for Karachi crackdown

An operation by police and paramilitary Pakistan Rangers is likely be launched in Karachi in a few days,officials said.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Lahore | Published: September 8, 2013 1:17:52 am

Prime minister Nawaz Sharif Saturday finalised modalities for launching an operation in Pakistan’s largest city of Karachi to end target killings,extortion,kidnapping for ransom and widespread crime.

Chairing a high-level meeting at his residence here as part of continuing consultations on forging a “fool-proof mechanism” to rid Karachi of “anarchic elements”,Sharif said,“Extraordinary circumstances require a sustained response by the law enforcement machinery for bringing back tranquillity to Karachi as policies do not change on a daily basis.”

An operation by police and paramilitary Pakistan Rangers is likely be launched in Karachi in a few days,officials said.

Army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani,Inter-Services Intelligence chief Lt Gen Zaheer-ul-Islam,Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif,federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan,federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar,and other senior officials attended the meeting.

The premier directed authorities to expedite the process of addressing existing gaps in the prosecution system to ensure the fool-proof security of citizens and a “sustained deterrence against criminals”. He further directed officials to make necessary amendments in laws in keeping with the guidelines of superior courts.

Sharif directed authorities to hold consultations with mobile phone operators to block unregistered and illegal SIMs.

Karachi’s landmark Sheraton Hotel to close

Karanchi: The Sheraton Hotel,an important landmark of Pakistan’s biggest city,is due to close this year due to poor security and other constraints,including a drastic drop in occupancy rates and dwindling profit margins. Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide,which runs the Sheraton chain of hotels,have confirmed they are closing down their branch in Karachi from December 31. According to market reports,owners of the building which houses Sheraton decided to end their longstanding contract with Starwood since it was running into losses and even the royalty fees were not recoverable.

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